Option 1: Big Business (Monopolies) and Exploitation of Workers
View the following resource:
Link (video): The Progressive Era (Links to an external site.) (27:30)
Browse and read one (1) of the following:
Link (library article): The Triangle Disaster: How a Fire a Century ago at a New York Clothing Factory Changed U.S. Labor Laws (Links to an external site.)
Link (library article): The Pullman Strike (Links to an external site.)
Then, address the following:
Explain if big business leaders were “captains of industry,” “shrewd businessmen,” or “robber barons.”
Based on one of the resources noted for this option, assess American working conditions and exploitation of workers in the Age of Industry.
Analyze the role that government played in reforming American working conditions.
Explain the benefits of the Federal Government regulations of monopolies.
Analyze which progressive presidents attained economic justice and reform for workers.